The Miami Herald is reporting that former state House Republican leader Carlos Lopez-Cantera is now the heavy favorite to be picked to be Gov. Rick Scott’s lieutenant governor, and an announcement could be made within a week or so.
According to the Miami Herald’s source, which ”indicated that Lopez-Cantera and Scott met Sunday in Miami, where the governor attended the Three Kings parade,” the two got along well, and “Scott indicated he wanted Lopez-Cantera for the job.”
The meeting between Scott and Lopez-Cantera was not by chance, as ‘CLC’ interviewed for the job with Scott’s chief of staff, Adam Hollingsworth, several weeks ago in Orlando, Florida.
In late December 2012, the same sources close to the governor’s office told the Shark Tank that prior to the meeting that took place between Hollingsworth and Lopez-Cantera, Lopez-Cantera spoke to Scott himself about the job.
If Lopez-Cantera is picked for the job, the political calculus changes significantly. Republicans would then have a well-versed, articulate, “white Hispanic” with a hyphenated last name to boot.
Oh, and don’t forget his amigo, Senator Marco Rubio, who is quietly rooting for his friend to be picked.